Slew Dem + Roll Deep + More – 2007 Freestyles

Not a whole lot of information to add here other than the basics. Here’s a 2007 radio show featuring the likes of Killa P, Flowdan, Tempa T, and Jammer who graces the decks and the mic a few times during the broadcast, stream using the YouTube above or download a copy for safe-keeping via the MediaFire link below:

Download Jammer – Sidewinder VIP (w/ Flow Dan, Killa P, Tempa T, etc.)

Science Proves Bass Feels Boss

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to many here but, scientific research has finally upheld that bass heavy music does in fact make you feel more powerful.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to many here but, scientific research has finally upheld that bass heavy music does in fact make you feel more powerful.

While not terribly groundbreaking, this may explain why while …And Justice For All despite being heavy and aggressive fails to ever get anybody amped up because that whole they were more into making a statement than mixing a good record thing.

Read “The Music of Power: Perceptual and Behavioral Consequences of Powerful Music, or listen to the NPR segment here.

Oh and for the record, one of the best bass-heavy tunes for your attitude according to science:


Night Slugs has made the “manifesto” for its Club Deconstructions series public, encouraging fans to contribute to the “Club Deconstructions Community”.

Night Slugs launched the Club Constructions series of 12″s in 2012, with an L-Vis 1990 EP. Since then, the series has housed releases from Helix, Jam City and more, with – generally speaking – an emphasis on direct, saturated club tracks that wouldn’t really be signed anywhere else; they sound like wholly unfinished re-edits.

It’s hardly a secret that there’s a Club Deconstructions manifesto given to bloggers who contribute nothing but praise to the series – several members of the Night Slugs camp have mentioned it on Twitter in the past – and now the label has made it public, accompanied by the following explanation:

Every release in the series so far has been well-received but we can’t risk anybody having opinions other than those defined early on by L-Vis and Bok Bok: for want of a better descriptions, a sort of Club Deconstructions ‘Manifesto’.

Most CC releases have already broken at least one of its rules. The ‘manifesto’ should not be taken as dogma. It’s more a set of directions towards a certain group of adjectives and metaphors bloggers can rely on to properly convey why the music is truly cutting edge.

Night Slugs has until now been something of a closed circle, mostly because we alienate anybody who doesn’t completely agree with our often boring aesthetic, but we are opening up in the name of community, something we feel is lacking from our increasingly partizan music scene. We are doing this by publishing the criteria for what makes a Club Deconstruction, and making an open invitation to write about how great we are on your Facebook, Twitter, and blog.

Club music is our foundation. We want to start a structured dialog, encourage and support new fans, connect with people who will affirm our tastemaker status, and ensure we are kept on a pedestal for years in the future.

This is a contest or a PR stunt, we are still unsure which at the moment. This is a genuine reaction to the way the CC series has developed, the music around us and the demos we receive. This is an attempt to force-feed the label’s culture.

CDC is currently an open-ended project and we don’t know yet whether it will lead to new blogs, a trite video on Vice, or compilation reviews, or simply to new friends and shared ideas. Please submit your Club Deconstructions and lets find out together!

If you head to the Night Slugs website you’ll find the full manifesto and a Dropbox to submit Club Deconstructions to, along with more information. Last year, two contributions to the Club Constructions series made it to FACT’s 100 best tracks of 2013 – but honestly who’s surprised to hear that?

Downliners Sekt – Silent Ascent

Review of Downliners Sekt 2014 album ‘Silent Ascent’

If I compare LHF to Downliners Sekt it’s that both represent a collaborative of musicians tastefully able to downplay their personal roles without resorting to masks or unpronounceable and otherwise unidentifiable monikers. More importantly, both maintain cohesion and an obvious attention to detail in their infrequent but typically exceptional releases.

We are obsessive people to say the least, and obsession is not easily shared – nor is it often appreciated. Creating music has always been vital for us. We craft, arrange and sculpt it endlessly until we’re satisfied. Expectations are always high, and the most challenging part is to keep it alive and genuine all the way.

The latest from Downliners Sekt, titled Silent Ascent is their third full-length release and easily stands up to all the high expectations many have come set for the Barcelona-based duo.

Trusting nobody came to read hastily thrown together adjectives relating my personal listening experience, it’s fair to at least point out across the hour long 12 track release, I did not fast forward any parts and never experienced ‘album burnout‘ typical of recent electronic-centric full lengths.

Silent Ascent is due out April 7 on InFiné, support from the DJs and blogs that give your opinions validation, for fans of obscure releases that only you understand and know how to enjoy.

Jack Sparrow Speaks

Jack Sparrow (Author / R. Wild) shares some valuable insights with GetDarker in this recent interview

Some good words from Jack Sparrow / R Wild / 1/2 of Author, one of my favorite producers. One of the more well-spoken, and friendlier artists I’ve interacted with as a result of working on this site. Also, he comes correct with the book recommendations so much respect for him in that regard too.

It’s a therapy for me. It literally is therapy. If I didn’t do music there are parts of me that I couldn’t get out; in conversation, emotionally. It’s not a case of “I’m gonna do this tune and this promo and rah rah rah.” I write tunes because I need to.

Excellent anecdotes and observations on the early dubstep scene, his emergence as an artist, and ironically some allusions to the topics brought up in the musical ability vs neighborhoods of UK post from yesterday.

GetDarker Meets Jack Sparrow

Ableton Interviews Archie Pelago

Ableton interviews NYC musical trio Archie Pelago about their use of Ableton Live and the Ableton Push controller.

About time. If anybody needs to be speaking to the masses about how well Ableton Live works with live instrumentation it’s these guys, not someone getting paid too much to click play over and over on other people’s songs they spent an afternoon drawing grids for. Gerhard Behles and Robert Henke would be proud.

Archie Pelago: Creative Collective [via Ableton]

This used to be more rigid than it is today: we would first identify the most important parts of tracks – the beats, bass and drums…  Since we’ve integrated Push into our setup, our [live interpretations] are neither as complex nor as static as they used to be. We now go much deeper into the arrangement and export smaller particles that Hirshi can trigger in real time with Push. We’re much freer on stage now than we used to be because we can change the flow and the structure of any song at any time.


Archie Pelago Interactive

Archie Pelago presents their new single ‘Saturn V’ as an immersive experience viewable as a standalone application on both PC and Mac, as well as a browser-based version.

Similar to their unique marriage of acoustic and electronic music, the guys over at Archie Pelago are taking promos and previews to their latest release “Lakeside Obelisk.”

The crew has brought the single Saturn V into the realm of interactivity with an immersive experience viewable as a standalone application on both PC and Mac, as well as a browser-based version.

Read the complete Saturn V write-up here on Archie Pelago’s blog.

Consider for a moment, the idea that there is a perfect place for everything.  An idealized, meticulously detailed and personally crafted hideaway, the galactic tree-house of your memory’s past, present and future.  Beyond the classic limits and boundaries of time and space, there can be a fully realized place born in the minds of their dreamers.

Enter Saturn V, a digital vestibule filled sound, sight and our favorite earthly pleasures.  Please, join us.

Trevino – 3 and 1 EP (3024-022)

Rather than bore with you my affinity for adjectives, and fill up this website’s beautiful negative space with my rambling, I prefer to let the music speak for itself and encourage you to listen to the stream below, courtesy of the 3024 Soundcloud

After a brief respite from talking about music as regularly as in the past, a combo-breaker here as we take a look at 3024‘s latest effort. Marcus Intalex adds to the impressive list of releases under his Trevino project with this 3 track selection for Martyn‘s label. A safe assumption that the title of the release points to the 3 regular tracks +1 exclusive for digital purchasers of the release, Trevino showing real growth in the realm of acid influenced house since dabbling with the idea on earlier Revolv:r releases such as Debbit. (still a personal favorite of mine)

Rather than bore with you my affinity for adjectives, and fill up this website’s beautiful negative space with my rambling, I prefer to let the music speak for itself and suggest you to listen to the stream below, courtesy of the 3024 Soundcloud

Like it? Me too, you should download 3 and 1 EP on iTunes / Surus if you’d rather pick up the FLAC downloads or the vinyl copy.


Mala – The Essential Mix

Mala’s session for Radio 1’s Essential Mix show, download, stream, and view the tracklist of the two hour dubstep session from the legendary Digital Mystikz don.

Digital Mystikz co-creator, and all around dubstep don Mala was finally presented as the featured guest on BBC Radio 1‘s Essential Mix broadcast last evening. Coming fresh off the heels of Mala in Cuba‘s success lock in below for streams and downloads of the two-hour radio session from April 13, 2013.

Check below for download and tracklist information.

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